5 Common Interview Mistakes to Avoid

It is important to make a good first impression when you finally land that job interview. There are some common mistakes that can cause your job interview to come crashing down around you, but these can be easily avoided.

5 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Don’t miss your interview appointment time. One of the best ways to lose your consideration for a job is by being late to the job interview. What is an interviewer going to think if you can’t even show up on time for the interview. Will you be on time for work? Are you always inconsiderate of others’ time? It is vital that you be on time, even early so that you have adequate time to fill out paperwork.

Don’t bad mouth your previous employer. Talking bad about your previous employer only makes you look bad during a job interview. You want to impress the interviewer with your positive attitude, drive and determination. When asked about previous challenges think in terms of tasks, not specific jobs or work locations. Don’t get bogged down and lose your opportunity by complaining about your last job.

Don’t ask about salary. You don’t want to give the impression that all you care about is money. You have to show interest in the job and job functions. Salary is something that can be negotiated after a job offer is made. Never be the one to broach the subject of salary during an interview. If you are asked what kind of salary you expect to make turn it into a question, “What pay range are you looking to pay for this position?”

Turn off your cell phone before your interview. It is not only annoying, but tremendously disrespectful for your cell phone to ring during an interview. Demonstrate your interest in the interview and the potential job you seek by turning off your cell phone before the interview. In fact, consider leaving your cell phone in the car. It is just plain rude for your phone to ring during an interview.

Don’t go to a job interview unprepared. You will be expected to know something about the company with whom you have an interview. Do your research ahead of time. This will enable you to formulate sensible questions and have answers that are applicable to the job for which you are applying.

Being prepared for a job interview also means that you have practiced for the interview ahead of time. Role play an interview with a friend to field questions about your strengths and weaknesses, challenges you have faced and overcome, and what you expect from the position for which you are applying.

Your success in a job interview depends on how you come across to the interviewer. Prepare yourself to the point that you are able to avoid these common mistakes that sabotage so many job interviews.